View Poll Results: Which do you believe is more the case?

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  • We inherit the world from our parents.

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  • We borrow the world from our children.

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Thread: Basic Philosophical Question

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    Basic Philosophical Question

    On balance which of these do you believe is more true and why? They are both true of course, but which do you think is more the case.
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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    We borrow the world from our children. I don't like the implication of the former that the world is ours to do with as we please. The latter carries the implication that the world and its inhabitants should be treated with consideration, and that our actions have consequences.

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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    I voted for "we inherit the world from our parents". Like you said, obviously both are true. If we borrow from the future generation it really hits home that our actions make a difference. This is how it should be. I don't see many people in this world actually thinking down the road too far which is why I picked the first option. There is a sense of 'the world is now ours, we can do what we want with it' which is something I see as somewhat...prevalent in the world, to say the least.
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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    We inherit the world from our parents and in turn while we are in quasi possession of the world, we are in effect, borrowing it from our children.

    What our parents have done to the world affects how we handle it. What we do will affect our children and our children's children. It's an ongoing and continuous process. The world 'belongs' to all of us, but none of us.
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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    That's an easy one. Everyone has parents or did at one point. Not everybody has children. And even if you were talking about some metaphysical argument, I still take my stance.

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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    We inherit the world from our ancestors, which in turn creates our debt to them which we repay by providing a better world for our children.

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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    Our children have never had ownership of it prior to us, so we cannot "borrow" it from them. What they receive from us is what they get, and have to deal with just as we did from our ancestors. It was handed to "us" in a certain shape, and thus it will be handed to future generations in a future shape.
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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    There has always been a past, but there won't always be a future.
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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    We don't borrow or inherit the world from anyone. We are of it, and to it, we shall return.
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    Re: Basic Philosophical Question

    I've always felt its more important to plan for the future, based upon the past. Therefore, I agree with both statements, but I prefer the former statement, because it is my belief that the next generation has the responsibility to improve from the previous generation.

    Improvement being an ambiguous term.
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